Mother’s Day is coming up and so, as mothers ourselves, we decided to make it quite clear what sort of presents we’d really like to receive this year. Because one of us is getting a tiny bit sick of Champagne for every occasion (sorry, kids, it’s just getting lazy – although you can keep it as the additional gift, obviously).
Anyway, first up is Collard Manson in Sheffield. This store is one of our favourites and we know some GY readers have also discovered its eclectic and truly wonderful mix of fashion, accessories and curios. We were going to suggest a bag (heavenly shapes and beautiful tooled leather, designed by Collard Manson and made in the UK, fabulous prices), but we couldn’t resist the jewellery this time – it’s really unusual and we think most mums would be thrilled to receive something like this above, as it shows real thought and care (children, take note). The Collard Manson gold plated acorn earrings above are £18, from Collard Manson, Devonshire Street in Sheffield. You can buy online and collect from the store. Visit http://collardmanson.co.uk/
Next up, Scarlet & Argent, the home furnishings brand by West Yorkshire based mill Hainsworth, has launched a fabulous range of accessories to go with its luxuriously soft contemporary blankets and throws. Look out for a range of cushions, cashmere teddy bears, a luxury candle, family journals and a natural cedar block. The Mill Stripe cushion is £70. The cashmere teddy costs £99 and is made by Merrythought for Scarlet & Argent in 100% cashmere, hand-stitched and packaged in a beautiful gift box. It would make a lovely gift for a new mum or mum-to-be on Mother’s Day. See www.scarletandargent.co.uk
Or, how about an Umpie handbag for Mother’s Day? Umpie is a Northallerton based bag company run by two sisters and a cousin (their family name is Umpleby), and they make utterly covetable bags in unusual beautiful fabrics at great prices. Kilim fabric shoulder Umpie Bag with leather handles £69 at www.umpie.co.uk.
What I am really hoping for is something monumentally classical for the garden, such as a Grecian urn, or a statue or bust. For this I suggest a trip to Harrogate to the Crimple Hall Antiques Centre, to pick up something really unusual. There’s all sorts there and it’s so worth a browse. Plus there is a fantastic café/restaurant there called Christian’s – fabulous food and beautiful loft apartment style décor. Can’t explain more now and it will be the subject of a future post. See http://www.crimplehall.co.uk/
I wanted to show you my Mother’s Day present to myself. It’s the ceramic poppy I ordered last year, which has finally arrived from the Tower of London installation, still in its dirt. I nearly gave it a clean, but then I decided not to. It has a metal pole and a black middle bit, but I love it just by itself. And the commemorative box is beautiful. A real piece of history and art.
Finally, for a fab Mother’s Day one-off gift, what about retro LPs or film memorabilia, because the Collectors & Records Fair takes place in Saltaire on Saturday, March 7, at the Caroline Street Social Club at Caroline Street in the heritage village. The first event of its kind by Rose & brown Vintage, it’s described as “20 stalls of cool collectables including vinyl, CDs, DVDs, comics, toys, advertising, mid century design, memorabilia, record players and more. A day for music lovers, film fans, vintage design buffs, nostalgia geeks, retrofuturists and beyond … Public bar open.” It’s 10am to 3.30pm and 50p on the door.
Sounds like good fun. And don’t forget Saltaire Fashion and Home Vintage Fair coming up on March 28 at the Victoria Hall. Sharon and I will be there – and we’ll keep you posted (see what I did there?) as to what we’re going to bring. (Hope Sharon sold that scary doll.) See www.roseandbrownvintage.co.uk